March 5, 2015
VDOT ADVISES TRAVEL DELAY UNTIL STORM ENDS
Central Va. roads are snow-covered and hazardous as heavy snow continues to fall
CULPEPER (3 p.m.) — The Virginia Department of Transportation is advising residents to avoid travel this afternoon as heavy snow continues to fall across central Virginia. Most roads in VDOT’s Culpeper District, from Fauquier south through Albemarle County, are snow-covered and slick. Numerous crashes have been reported and the resulting traffic congestion is preventing snow plows from clearing the snow and spreading salt and abrasives.
The storm is predicted to end in the late afternoon or early evening and VDOT crews will continue snow-removal operations on the interstate and primary highways to ensure those roads are in good condition. Once those roads are open to traffic the crews will shift onto secondary roads and neighborhood streets. VDOT’s goal is to have all state-maintained roads passable within 48 hours after the storm ends.
VDOT urges residents to consider whether they must drive during the storm and to postpone any non-essential travel. For those who must drive, check weather and road conditions before venturing onto the road during the storm. Motorists planning long trips should know conditions along the route and the forecast weather at their destination. This storm is affecting a large swathe of the East Coast and many areas are reporting severe winter weather and hazardous driving conditions.
The dangers will not pass once the storm ends, however. Temperatures are forecast to fall well below freezing Thursday night, leading to slick, icy road conditions overnight and during the day on Friday. Freezing conditions are particularly likely on bridges, overpasses, ramps and shaded areas, as well as roads at higher elevations where the temperatures are colder.
Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the 511 Virginia website, the free VDOT 511 mobile app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. VDOT updates are also on Facebook and the district’s Twitter account, @VaDOTCulp.
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